We Need More “Straight Shooters” Today

Honesty and integrity are virtues that should be special to all of us. We may not be the most intelligent person or the wealthiest or the most handsome or the mosts beautiful but, everyone of us can be honest. Honesty and integrity don’t cost anything.
In I Samuel 12, Samuel stood before the people of Israel. Samuel had just given them a King now, Samuel was about to step aside. He says to the people of Israel, “Now testify against me in the presence of the Lord and before his anointed one. Whose ox or donkey have I stolen? Have I ever cheated any of you? Have I ever oppressed you? Have I ever taken a bribe and perverted justice? Tell me and I will make right whatever I have done wrong.”
“No,” they replied, “you have never cheated or oppressed us, and you have never taken even a single bribe.”
“The Lord and his anointed one are my witnesses today,” Samuel declared, “that my hands are clean.”
I love that verse… “…my hands are clean.”
Samuel had been there leader for years and during that time, he had been a man of integrity. He had lived with honesty and integrity before them. Honesty and integrity are GREATLY needed today.
Every day, as we watch the news, we hear legislators pointing fingers. We can begin to wonder who’s telling the truth?” Everyone seems to assume that everyone is lying.
Everyone of us need to be people of integrity. Like Samuel, we should be able to ask our neighbors and our family and our business associates; “Have I lived a life of honesty and integrity before you? Have I ever lied to you?” And the answer should be, “No, you’ve never lied to us… you are a man of integrity.”
Years ago, I was talking with a man who worked with, the son of a well-known Pastor that I knew. This Pastor was known as a man who would always be straight with you. He didn’t lie.
I asked this man, what the Pastor’s son was like to work with. He replied, “He’s a straight shooter.” He was like his Dad.
We need more “straight shooters” today. Join me and let’s be straight and honest with people. People of integrity.

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